State environmental officials have closed parts of some waterways in Dorchester County to shellfish harvesting after unacceptable bacteria levels were detected.
Two Tilghman Island fishermen have pleaded guilty to illegally harvesting and selling more than 185,000 pounds of striped bass.
Environmental officials will close parts of the Honga River in Dorchester County to shellfish harvesting because of elevated levels of bacteria.
The Maryland Department of the Environment has lifted shellfish harvesting restrictions in portions of three waterways following a decline in bacteria levels.
Maryland Natural Resources Police say a Taylors Island man faces up to $28,000 in fines for oyster harvesting violations.
Oysters once powered an industry in Maryland. Over harvesting, disease and poor water quality put that industry on the rocks.